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in a very long time. >> meantime senator john mccain says hagel is not qualified but thinks it is time to go ahead with a vote anyway. enough time has gone by to ask questions. hagel probably has the votes anyway to be confirmed. the white house is worried they are building slowly not only hagel but john brennan for the head of the cia. he has brave concerns about the delay. >> between john, brennan the cia director chuck hagel as secretary of defense we want to make sure we have those guys sitting in the chair working. i don't want there to have been something missed because of the hang-up in washington. >> a vote on hagel's nomination is expected sometime after congress returns to work on capitol hill on february 25th. >> steve sen ton a sent ni /* / thank you. >> it is quote dead on arrival. rubio was one of the republican and democrats senators who reached a break through bipartisan agreement on immigration this year. john mccain is also weighing in. on the internet he tweeted headed down to southern arizona to assess senator casher and representative mike mccall. they want to see the tr
presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> and is john mccain now conceding this is all a grudge match? >> there's a lot of ill will towards senator hagel because when he was a republican, he attacked president bush mercilessly, at one point said he was the worst president since herbert hoover, said that the surge was the worst blunder sense the vietnam war, which is nonsense, and was very anti his own party and people. people don't forget that. >> the heroes of newtown. president obama pos thumously awards the medal to six people who died while rescuing the children. >> dawn hotsprung and mary serlach, vicky solo, lauren russo, rachel devino, ann marie murphy. they gave their lives to protect the precious children in their care. they gave all they had for the most innocent and helpless among us. that's who we honor today. the courageous heart, the selfless spirit, the inspiring actions of extraordinary americans. >> the triumph was no triumph. the carnival cruise ship finally reaches shore, and -- >> we didn't have water. we didn't have showers. we didn't have hot meals. >> it was lit
. chris, what was that shout out to john mccain and joe lieberman about? that seemed to make john mccain unhappy? >> he did his patented grimace smile. it was a standard cap and trade bill along the framework of what would later be passed by the house of representatives after president and killed in the senate because no republics republicans would support it. john mccain and joe lieberman in three sessions introduced bills to put a cap on carbon and that amount would have gone down year for year. what democrats tried to pass in 2009 and could not get done. it was a reminder to the republicans that there was a remarkable and in my time covering politics, lurch backwards. newt gingrich was haunted by sitting with nancy pelosi endorsing it. john mccain favored cap and trade. all of that has been undone and destroyed as the republican party has put this in this shrinking denial of the political strain. i think the president was trying to point that out and that's why john mccain felt uncomfortable. >> sitting between two democratic senators and wishing he wasn't. he said i am not going to u
. ultimately john mccain did some straight talk yesterday. he said what this is really about. this is about -- this is personal. this is about hagel. what i find interesting, it was funny to hear john mccain say you are so anti-bush, and i wonder if there are a bunch of bush first term folks saying you remember a republican senator who used to say some anti-bush things. >> and just a quick note, chris calizza, the fact that frank -- what people expected him to do, which was to step down, he is the last world war ii veteran -- >> 89. >> 89 years old. as kelly points out. cory booker's presumptions, some some would say certainly latuenberg camp to presume that will he is -- is cory booker a shoe-in or is frank palone got some play with the democratic party, and is there really a primary? >> i think there will be a primary. i think at least initially frank palone is in the race. i think the pressure is he certainly has a certain amount of money. can he raise money against booker, who we expect will be able to raise money? i would say cory booker is prohibitive favorite maybe overstating that h
, radical choices for secretary of defense in a very long time. >> meantime, senator john mccain says that hagel is not qualified, but he thinks it's time to go ahead with a vote since enough time has gone by to ask questions and now shall the white house is worried because two important nominations are going so slowly not only hagel, but john brennan to head the cia. >> between john brennan, the cia director and chuck hagel secretary of defense, we want to make sure we have them sitting in the the chairs working and i don't want something to have been missed because of the hangup in washington. >> reporter: and the vote is expected sometime after congress returns to work on february 25th, harris. >> harris: steve centanni, thank you. florida senator marco rubio talking about the white house plan for immigration reform saying quote, it's dead on arrival. as you may know, rubio was one of the republican and democrat senators who reached a break through bipartisan break through. another member of the so-called gang of 8, john mccain tweeted, headed down to southern arizona to assess bo
no evidence of. you have john mccain coming to chuck hagel's defense. >> good for john mccain. >> good for john mccain. you have stepped over the line. >> there's been a pattern with the hagel debate of people going beyond legitimate public debate. we saw it on the charges of anti-semitism. now illegal money or whatever. there's a legitimate debate to have about chuck hagel or any other nominee. this is way past that. but there's an irony here. hagel, in part, got this nomination in order to bridge the partisan divide. it was supposed to be someone who would appeal to republicans. instead he gets reported out with a straight party-line vote. no republicans supporting him. this cannot be what anyone in washington intended. >> i know. john heilemann, i hate to keep bringing him up because i hate bringing up somebody simply for bad behavior, but i'm absolutely flummoxed by ted cruz's short-term and long-term political strategy. you know, mark halperin told me before he got sworn in, he was a very smart guy, a bright guy, a harvard lawyer. i just don't -- this is a guy that could have such
. senator john mccain says he may filibuster chuck hagel's nomination if the president doesn't get more information on the attack in benghazi and a hold on general renan if he doesn't get answers about the use of drones in the united states of america. that's an issue we talked about last week when i asked the chairman of the house intelligence committee that very question, whether he could see a time when drowns were used against american citizens on american soil. >> i don't think we'll ever get there. i think it's very, very important to understand that the legal justification for using an air strike against an enemy, no matter their citizenship, is long standing in this country. they no longer have the benefit of u.s. citizenship to protect them when they're on foreign land fighting the battle of the united states. >> earlier, i spoke with rand paul of kentucky and asked him if he thinks he is wrong. >> well, he didn't say no. what i want to hear from john brennan before i agree to let his nomination go forward, that no cia or the department of defense cannot kill someone in america
immigration reform. senators john mccain and senator graham are part of a bipartisan senate group working to overhaul the immigration system. john mccain things lawmakers can come to an agreement by the end of next month. the senate is scheduled to vote today on whether to confirm chuck hagel as head of the defense department. the former republican senator is on track to win confirmation after a long political fight. g.o.p. lawmakerers signaled they would not hold up a vote if he is confirmed he would succeed panetta and take office just before budget cuts hit the pentagon. a new snowstorm is crossing the midsection creating havoc for resolution dens still digging out from last week's blizzard bringing heavy snow to kansas and missouri this morning. you can see in the live pictures how much snow is on the ground. they will have a tough job ahead of them. also, we have hurricane-force winds and these are conditions in kansas, and this is wichita. not many cars. a traffic nightmare on the roads, and so many drivers are strapped the national guard was called in. in albuquerque interstate 40
they are going to vote for him. john mccain saying he would oppose any filibuster on his confirmation vote. >> it seems michael. there aren't. lined see gram of south carolina has indicated he would like to see president obama nominate someone else and chuck hagel's name removed for contention but there is no one saying they are going to filibuster. it looks like it will go through. you have seen very powerful outside groups at play in the election weigh in heavily, spending half a million dollars on nationally televised ads against chuck hagel's nomination but it doesn't look like there are big road blocks here. >> national televised ads against chuck hagel have no impact on the decision. >> their plan was to target democrats up for reelection in 2014, hope the pressure of the public to call their elected officials and get them to vote no on hagel. there are some folks like jim inhofe, the ranking member on the senate armed services, who will vote no. >> is itt doesn't have to be 100%. >> the bottom line is there aren't enough republicans out there saying
john mccain, lindsay graham, and marco rubio last night after rubio called the white house immigration plan "half baked and seriously flawed." rubio took the president's call while in jerusalem and the florida republican seas he told the president he feels gadabout the ongoing negotiations in the senate and dan ashley is the only pay area journalist to interview president obama today at the white house and reports leave from washington, dc, airing tonight on abc7 news. >> the bail hearing for blade rounder, objection objection, has been post phoned until tomorrow when we can lend if he stays behind bars while awaiting trial on a charge of premeditated murder. police say oscar pistorius should not get bail. the defense maintains the shooting was an accident and oscar pistorius thought his girlfriend was an intruder. oscar pistorius said he was outside on the ball contain -- balcony and heard noises and thought there was a burglar and fired. the position says he killed reeva steenkamp from inside the bathroom. witnesses heard talking and nonstop fighting for appear hour before the shooti
senator john mccain was questioning secretary panetta and general dempsey and it was a moment when he asked about, it could be lost, in terms of the overall coverage, but it's where he asked whether the two of them supported arming rebels in syria, and many of our viewers may wonder, what does this have to do with benghazi and libya? listen to senator john mccain and then i'll explain. >> did you support the recommendation by secretary of state, then secretary of state clinton, and then head of cia general petraeus that we provide weapons to the resistance in syria. >> we did. >> you did support that? >> we did. >> reporter: that's the first time that i've heard that the defense department and military officials say that they had recommended arming syrian rebels. you'll remember over the weekend that "the new york times" reported that last summer petraeus and clinton approached the white house for permission to arm the rebels. "the new york times" says that the white house rejected that request. however, there have been some implications from questions from senators on the hill as to
gillibrand will be sitting with john mccain. joe manchin will be sitting with republican mark kirk. democratic senator mark begich of attorney general will sit with a republican congressman from his own state, don young. in illinois it will be a democratic and republican congress. sitting with republican rodney davis. in virginia they're doing the same thing. secretary john kerry now, in virginia it will be democratic senator tim kaine with randy forbes, president interacting there with members of the supreme court. ruth bader ginsburg, steven breyer. >> probably the most important vote for president obama was right there, the chief justice, who voted for the health care plan. >> that's right. toes are the president's two appointees to the supreme court there. this is sonia sotomayor, two of the unheralded but very, very important accomplishments of his first time, the confirmation of those two supreme court justices, sonia sotomayor, of course, the first latina supreme court justice in the nation's history. the president now greeting joint chiefs, including ray odierno who is the
-scale blizzard. john mccain probably would have preferred to have been on the golf course. he was at a town hall meeting yesterday. he was for immigration when president bush was in the white house. when he was against immigration reform under president obama. the first term. now, he's back and for immigration reform. his constituents weren't too happy. one of them challenging him about why they don't build a fence. >> build a dang fence. where's the fence? >> in case you missed it, i showed you -- >> that's not a fence. >> that's not a fence. it is a banana. we're putting up a banana. about $600 million worth of appropriations that we have. >> bill: mccain has gotten so grumpy. when he ran for president in 2000, at those town hall meetings, i covered him in new hampshire. i traveled on that bus with him. he was so good at those town hall meetings. he was on top of it. people challenged him and he always had a good answer. little sense of humor. >> it's not a fence. it's a banana. >> that's one way to handle it, i guess. >> bill: stick it in your ear. cindy here to start off the hour. little bit
didn't exactly treat him with kid gloves. listen to this exchange with senator john mccain. >> will you answer the question, please. were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge blunder in thist dangerous country since vietnam. correct or incorrect? yes-or-no answer. >> my reference to --. >> are can you answer the question? the question is, were you right or wrong? that is a straightforward question. i would like to have an answer. >> i am not going do give you a yes-or-no answer. >> he refused to answer the question for the record. >>gregg: john mccain may have missed his calling, he should have been a lawyer. so, how many republicans will vote for their former colleague. we have john leboutillier, former republican congressman, for new york. pat caddell, former pollster for president carter and doug schoen former pollster for bill clinton i googled worst confirmation hearing ever and up popped chuck hagel. i thought it would be john tower or bork. hagel got the worse. >> here is what happened. bottom line, chug hagel demonstrated why i believe he is not qualified to be
of all, you see senators lindsey graham and john mccain. two of the biggest headaches for this president, especially going into the second term, but sitting between them tonight, you will see senator chuck schumer, the number three democrat in the house. he wants to craft an immigration compromise with republicans. they're his two closest allies on that. so, they will be down there together. and also, i see, out of camera view off to the side, we have, for the first time in american history, two african-american senators. both recently appointed to fill vacancies. tim scott of south carolina, senator will cowan of massachusetts. and they are democrat and republican and they are sitting together also on the side. but for the most part, they are back to their battle stations here. >> another simple of bipartisan unity, about 40 members of congress will be wearing orange pins, that stands for the no labels movement. democrats and republicans who are committed, they say, to reaching across party lines in order to get something done. about 40 or them wearing those pips tonight. >> just a litt
. >> senator john mccain asked secretary panetta about syria and the idea of arming the opposition firefighters there. >> did -- fighters there. >> did you support the recommendation by secretary of state -- then secretary clinton and then head of cia general petraeus that we provide weapons to the resistance in syria? do you support that? >> we do. >> shepard: officials say the united states has not sent any weapons, at least not directly to the syrian rebels. there is a new sign of hope for the job market tonight. but our latest fox news poll shows americans may not be feeling so hopeful about how the country is doing. we are following the breaking news, of course, for the manhunt of the accused cop killer in california. investigators say he is armed and extremely dangerous and apparently on a mission to murder more police officers and others. our reporters are on stand by as breaking news develops. we are live there. using robotics and mobile technology, verizon innovators have made it possible for teachers to teach, and for a kid... nathan. tadpole. ... to feel like a kid again. because the
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't. >> eric: chris, good to see you. >> we also have an exclusive interview with john mccain who is very tough on the president on foreign policy issues. >> eric: thank you, chris. those interviews are on the "fox news sunday" program that airs later on today here on the fox news chabannel at 2 p.m. and 6 . on the fox newschannel. jamie? >> jamie: you know what's coming up. the doctors are in for their sunday housecall. they'll tell us about a surprising new study that's raising concerns about the effects of a common supplement. it's been linked to heart disease. we'll tell you what it is. stay tuned. [ male announcer ] when it comes to the financial obstacles military families face, we understand. our financial advice is geared specifically to current and former military members and their families. [ laughs ] dad! dad! [ applause ] [ male announcer ] life brings obstacles. usaa brings retirement advice. call or visit us online. we're ready to help. learn more with our free usaa retirement guide. call 877-242-usaa.
, february 26th. senator john mccain says expect him to be confirmed. >> the federal aviation minister is and is looking for sites to test fly drones. the plan to create six drone test sites around the country. the goal is to allow widespread use of unmanned aircraft by 2015, but the faa is well behind on that deadline. not everyone is in favor of increasing the number of drones in the sky. privacy advocates worry that the widespread drone usually to subsurveillance society in which the public is constantly monitored. >> we will soon know more about what happened in a sealed hearing concerning this chandra levy murder case. she was the washington internal gained national attention because of her romantic relationship with california congressman gary condi . >> ingmar guandique, an illegal immigrant from el salvador, was convicted of murder in 2010. but a judge has been holding sealed post conviction hearings in recent weeks that could signal problem with the prosecution. those transcripts will be made available in about a week. >> we will be back with shmae s ths gs . she shcan ben si
, we've been kvetching and bitching and complaining for the last week or so about john mccain, you know, loser from 2008 who is still the face of the republican party. you never see mitt romney. talk about a loser. but mccain and they keep putting him out there on the sunday shows every sunday, every show. every day every show. overexposure for a guy who's got nothing more -- nothing to say anymore. and talk about people who have nothing to say anymore, here's the big one. cpac conservative political action committee which has its huge gathering of conservatives it is a big event here in washington, d.c., every year in march. this year, yesterday they announced the headliner the keynote speaker for this year's cpac event, sarah palin. >> no! >> bill: talk about the number one loser. here she is, four years ago -- i'm sorry, last year at cpac -- >> at the 1975cpac, he laid out a blueprint for rebuilding the g.o.p. under a banner of full color. and ever since then, cpac has been the rally for conservative action and that's why i'm glad to be here today with all of you conservative activis
by the cia. but senator john mccain says the time has come to put the pentagon in charge. >> since when is the intelligence agency supposed to be an air force of drones that goes around killing people? i believe that it's a job for the department of defence. >> reporter: whoever is in charge and despite all the controversy, drones have become part of the american way of war. and their role is only getting bigger jeff? >> reporter: david martin thank you. next up here india's huge religious pilgrimmage marred by a deadly stampede. ñ2 our financial advice is geared specifically to current and former military members and their families. [ laughs ] dad! dad! [ applause ] [ male announcer ] life brings obstacles. usaa brings retirement advice. call or visit us online. we're ready to help. learn more with our free usaa retirement guide. wrur [ male announcer ] this one goes out to all the allergy muddlers. you know who you are. you can part a crowd, without saying a word... if you have yet to master the quiet sneeze... you stash tissues like a squirrel stashes nuts... w
down the dark and dangerous path again as senator john mccain has said, the senate has the potential to set the record straight and end the stain on our country's conscience. once that's done, it won't be long before another movie comes along to tell how we killed bin laden. [ applause ] i agree. it is not often we say why that john mccain is right. but we just did. let's go to kathy in michigan. hey, kathy. >> caller: wow. can i ask you a question. what is a mook? >> stephanie: i'm too old and drunk to renow but i think -- >> it is a psychic that constantly tears the other person down, i think. >> stephanie: that. >> caller: from where is this reference? >> stephanie: brooklyn. i don't know. >> caller: okay. well what i wanted to comment on and i would like your -- kind of your view of this is you know, in all of the discussion of the sequestration and how it's going to impact everything and everybody, how come we never hear about the congress taking a pay cut or you know, i get the impression that the congress really -- the majority of them really went for this jab because they mak
, john mccain's changing his tune. we praised him yesterday. so he had to reverse course, i guess. so now he's talking about possibly delaying chuck hagel's nomination. and also wayne lapierre. this is very important. because if you look at the profiles of all the people that committed these mass murders in newtown and aurora and across -- virginia tech, they are all hispanic drug gang leaders. and that's exactly what wayne lapierre said in an op-ed that americans need to buy guns because those latin americans are coming to america, and they're going to kill you people. this is who a lot of republicans in congress are thinking about falling off -- don't do it. don't hurt our party anymore. let wayne lapierre go wherever he wants to go. he's going to destroy the party. we're going to talk about the crazy op-ed has horrible for our party's image, horrible for the conservative movement's image, goes against everything ronald reagan stood for. we'll talk about that in a minute. first, breaking news. this is bizarre. the feel-good story of the olympic games involved in possibly murder. >> this
this. in terms of that timing just to adress whole issue, this isn't a 911 call. i remember john mccain say egg we lost two of those people in a 7 or 8-hour change. that would make him a tough statement for him to defend on. >> you heard other people familiar with the assets in the region suggest that we could have had a flyover to try to disperse this angry crowd. what i found interesting about what secretary panetta said. he seems to be blaming the intelligence community saying we need better intelligence. certainly there are many reports that we know about that the intelligence community had been feeding up into the state department. had been making on its own. warning about the kind of unrest and instaability in benghazi caused by these jihadist groups. we saw repeated reports about that. so there were lots of reports about the general stability in that area to say nothing of potentially reports about that day. martha: what do you think the potential is for this hearing thursday. lindsey graham did not want the haguele hearings to go ahead until panetta was questioned extensively on
. the president will sit down with john mccain and south carolina senator lindsey graham. they are part of the bipartisan gang of eight senators working on a plan for immigration reform. >>> happening right now, a congressional hearing on those automatic spending cuts set to kick in this friday. the subcommittee of the house appropriations committee on defense is looking into the impact of the sequester cuts on the defense department. coming up at 7:15, the tug-of- war between president obama and republicans over what to do about the automatic spending cuts. >>> 7:06. court documents giving new details about the recent murder of a south bay millionaire. suspected prostitute ka she frau fritz is one of those -- katrina fritz is one of those accused of being involved. court documents refer to one of kumar's main girls who had details of his mansion. her brothers is among three others charged in kumar's murder. >>> san francisco police have opened up a homicide investigation into dallas ayers on market and montgomery back on january 28th. he was injured and died last thursday. he was 78. h
. >> brian: tomorrow, geraldo rivera will be here. john mccain, we'll find out who is cooler. >> gretchen: see you tomorrow. bill: it is a day of history truly. in less than two hours pope benedict xvi departs the vatican as pope for the last time, a remarkable event that has not happened in some 600 years. long before cable. good morning, everybody we'll watch this together. i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom." lovely color. martha: lovely scene there in rome. it is incredible to watch. good morning, everybody. i'm martha. the pope is expected to depart the papal residence today. he will get on a helicopter. that will happen 11:00 our time. you will see it here on "america's newsroom". bill: the pontiff holding a final audience with the cardinals, the church leaders that will choose his successor from among their own ranks. his holiness sharing a brief, private moment with each one of the cardinals. he will stand behind their choice as he prays for them and the next pope in the coming days. >> translator: among you in the college of cardinals, there is the future pope to who
director for john mccain for president and a congressman from pennsylvania. ford, you heard the litany from the president. after all, he is the commander in chief. he is the president... in charge? >> the president is the biggest obstac toll private-sector job growth in america right now. he seem, to we can tax, spend and regulate ourselves to prosperity. the private sector is asking for certainty. because the president doesn't want to pass a budget or modernize spending for bietlements. he is the big issue. it is up to him to take a long look in the mirror. i agree that congress has played a role. he needs to stop worrying about destroying republicans and start worrying about growing the economy. >> eric: joe, is that true? is he the biggest obstacle? >> the president is the steward of the overall economy. but both leaders of both parties have to look themselves in the mirror and they do -- look. there are two issues to focus upon, very pragmatic. the first is the star runningback. small businesses. a few years ago, we us to have 36 new small businesses that create 60% of all new jobs for
and that he supported that decision. johnjury room -- john mccain said the president should have followed the advice. >>> a hearing took place today for president obama's nominee to be the next director of the cia. it was interrupted several times by demonstrators. they demanded lawmakers st the drone program. he is believed to play a leading role in the drone program. >>> we are going to find him. you can't have this many people looking for you and not be found. >> we are monitoring the police hunt for chris dorner who is wanted for killing three people, including police officer. >> as promised, democrats unveiled a long list of gun control bills. hear how a bay area city played a key role in the announcement. the words are going this way-there's no way. oh, the lights came on. isn't technology supposed to make life easier? at chase we're pioneering innovations that make banking simple. deposit a check with a photo. pay someone with an email. and bank seamlessly with our award-winning mobile app. take a step forward... and chase what matters. >>> complete bay area news coverage starts ri
battle over benghazi. senator john mccain is here to talk about it, coming up. we are continuing to follow the breaking news out of california. the hunt for a fired police officer, accused in three murders is taking a new focus. the latest news and the search, coming up. ual bonus. and everyone likes 50% more... [ midwestern/chicago accent ] cheddar! yeah! 50 percent more [yodeling] yodel-ay-ee-oo. 50% more flash. [ southern accent ] 50 percent more taters. that's where tots come from. [ male announcer ] the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on every purchase plus a 50% annual bonus on the cash you earn. it's the card for people who like more cash. 50% more spy stuff. what's in your wallet? this car is too small. email marketing from constant contact reaches people in a place they're checking every day -- their inbox. and it gives you the tools to create custom emails that drive business. constant contact can help you grow your small business. sign up for your free trial today at constantcontact.com/try. >> today the defense department's top two leaders going
of republicans along with him to kind of add to the work that john mccain has done, lindsay graham, and that's the position i have always had, that we have to stop illegal immigration at the border. but we have to deal sensibly and humanely with the people who are here. >> finally, let's talk about drones briefly. i can't help thinking when i see this drones debate, had it been a republican president, the democrats would have been all over this. and quite rightly. and i do think the democrats and president obama got off pretty lightly so far. what is your position on this? i mean, at what stage does the drone activity cease to be legitimate targeting of terrorism and become a kind of glorified, very brutal, very lethal fishing expedition? >> well, it has to be done very carefully. very uniquely. you have to be 100% sure you've got the right person and you're not making a mistake. i agree with you completely that if this had been done by george bush or any other republican, we'd be talking about hearings before congress. we would have some people talking about impeachment. for the life of me,
change like the one john mccain and joe lieberman worked on. if congress won't act soon to protect future generations, i will. >> let's bring in the daily beast who urged the president to hammer the gob. good to see you. did the president take your advice? >> i think he did. specifically with reference to the budget cuts that loom and with regard to that issue, i think he was very tough on the republicans. he came out and framed the issue the way he wanted and i was glad to see he started the speech after the introductory remarks. the lead line is march 1st. i was glad to hear him say that the american people that the republicans are playing a game here. i'm not going to have it. >> they said the speech was a christmas wish list. michael? >> in some respects, sure. as your guests said, it does seem unlikely that the things will be law by january if you look at the total package off the top of your head, give me the two big ones. >> immigration is first on the list. i'm a naysayer and that gets through the house of representatives the day i see it. immigration is one. it still has a better
republican senators john mccain and lindsey gramm, both -- graham. both tough critics of obama's foreign policy. >> send me send a comp men'sive immigration -- comprehensive immigration bill in the next few months and i will sign it right away and america will be better for it. >>> also, a star student at u.c. berkley revealed he's an undocumented immigrant. he shared his story as part of an online campaign for the dream act. that's the proposed immigration law that congress is considering that would allow certain students like himself the path to citizenship. critics say that this plan, however, may just encourage and invite illegal immigration. d.c. lawmakers are expected to take up the issue this year. >>> and today pope benedict blessed thousands of pilgrims from his window overlooking st. peter's square. >> that was the second to last angelus blessing before he steps down at the end of the upon. he outstretched his arms. he made no mention of his decision to resign but thanks the faithful for the affection and spiritual closeness. >>> now there's
:30. >> bill: if they call a filibuster and john mccain said he would not support a filibuster, it looks like there would be 60 votes to stop the filibuster. >> that's right. >> bill: can you stop -- do you know, can you stop a hold? if inhoff puts a hold on, that's not a filibuster. that's a different animal, right? >> it's a delay. it's a delay tactic. so i think it merely pushes it off into the future. >> bill: but my understanding one senator can put a hold on somebody's nomination and until that senator agrees to lift it, there's nothing the other senators can do. is that correct? >> we saw that a lot with coburn putting a hold on everything, on legislation, on spending legislation. the pressure here will be fairly remarkable. >> bill: to go along without a secretary of defense. >> i think pressure from the pentagon, military leaders the public not having a guy in charge of the pentagon. it's not going to be sustainable for them. >> bill: the center for american progress has a lot of ties to the white house. so you're going to be live blogging tonight. what does that mean? >> he's going
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